Catherine Jonas, CMC, LMFT
Catherine Jonas, a Certified Geriatric Case Manager, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist has been highly regarded as an expert in the field of aging, disability and end of life care for over 20 years.
Her mission is to preserve independence, dignity and quality of life for people as they age and enable family members to feel confident that their loved ones are living safe, secure and fulfilling lives.
Her dedicated professional experience includes guidance, advocacy and extensive knowledge about costs, quality and availability of resources. She is driven by an earnest passion for her clients and their families, the desire to provide practical answers and options during times of uncertainty and to reduce worry, stress and time off from work for family members who may be juggling multiple responsibilities.
Catherine is known for her expertise in Major Neurocognitive Disorders (different forms of Dementia) and has many years in working with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Cancer and other chronic illnesses. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Catherine is trained and experienced working with all individuals from different cultural backgrounds and knows how the whole family system is affected (patient and family/caregiver) and how each other’s coping mechanisms interact.
Caregiver counseling is a large part of her Certified Geriatric Case Manager work, teaching coping strategies and self-care. Her office is located in West Los Angeles, however, most of her services are conducted in the patient’s home or residential community. She is an expert in helping those navigate the aging process in regard to coordinating home care, placement options, medical, legal, financial, real estate and end of life care issues (Advanced Directives/POLST).
Catherine works as an independent contractor with the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Program at UCLA. She provides caregiver counseling services to families as well as facilitates several dementia support groups. Catherine also serves as an independent contractor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center facilitating a monthly pituitary tumor support group and providing onsite crisis management to hospital employees. She speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of chronic illness and caregiver stress.
Lizeth Barrios is a Case Manager with CJ & Associates Care Consulting who is bilingual in both Spanish and English. Lizeth is a current graduate student at Mount Saint Mary’s University, pursuing a M.S., in Counseling Psychology. She attended California State University, Northridge and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. Her education in Anthropology and Marriage and Family Therapy, makes her culturally knowledgeable and aware of the effects that different cultural backgrounds can have on the family dynamic especially with families living with dementia.
Lizeth is also a current intern working with the homeless population battling addiction and mental health. She is a caring individual who is passionate and eager to help her client’s and their families find the silver lining during times of misgivings.
Through her family’s personal experience and witnessing her grandmother battle dementia without any professional guidance, Lizeth has grown a special interest in assisting client’s and their families with issues related to memory loss. She aspires to continue her professional growth by enhancing support and care to client’s, families and caregivers as well as all of those affected by major neurocognitive disorders.
Allyson (Ally) Jessen is a Geriatric Case Manager for CJ & Associates Care Consulting. Ally is a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Her education has heavily focused on the older adult population, including both the physical and social aspects of aging. During her undergraduate career, Ally held many healthcare internships, most notably, a nursing internship at an adult day care facility which sparked her love for working with older adults in healthcare.
After graduating, Ally received her Nursing Assistant certification and worked at a nursing home caring for patients living with dementia. Through her healthcare experience, Ally has learned that it is important to use compassion and person-centered care with all patients. She aspires to receive her doctorate in nursing and become a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner to spread her ideals of compassionate care.
Ally also feels it is important to bring this ideal of compassionate care to all her clients and their families. With guidance from her grandmother, who worked as a case manager for many years, she has learned how to be there for people in times of need. Ally wishes to continue to grow both professionally and personally, by being there to assist her clients through any and all of life’s crossroads.
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